Broken transmission line shuts down national power grid


YANGON — A broken high-voltage transmission line in central Myanmar shut down the national grid this morning, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has confirmed.

The ministry said in a Facebook post at 8:32am that a conductor cable on the 230-kilovolt line between Thapyaywa and Taungdwingyi was damaged at 5:50am. The cause of the breakage is not yet clear.

Two generators from the Paung Laung station resumed operations at 6:30am to supply electricity to Nay Pyi Taw, the statement said, adding that “officers and all staff are working to supply electricity to Yangon and Mandalay as soon as possible”. Power was still out in Yangon at 10:30am.

Electric Power Generation Enterprise deputy chief engineer U Han Zaw told Frontier that power was out across the country for close to an hour, and many places are still yet to receive power.

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“One out of three conductor cables has broken off between Pyinmana and Taungdwingyi, but we don’t yet know why it happened,” he said. “Electricity has returned in some areas because we are transmitting electricity using other conductors. All repairs should be finished soon.”

By Frontier

By Frontier

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